City of Astoria
  • 18-Oct-2017 to 20-Dec-2017 (PST)
  • Admin
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • $83,514 – 101,512/annually
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, PERS, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay


This position is responsible for planning, directing, and administering all activities related to community development operations involving building inspection, code enforcement, comprehensive planning, economic development, urban redevelopment, and other related operations by performing the following duties.

Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis.  The position will close when filled



This description covers the most significant essential and auxiliary duties performed by this position for illustration purposes, and does not include other work, which may be similar, related to, or a logical assignment for the position. The job description does NOT constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the organizational needs and requirements of the job change.

  1. Develops, implements, and administers programs and policies to ensure effective development of public and private properties and foster positive relationships with the community.
  2. Coordinates activities where the city is involved in planning and public improvements.
  3. Establishes and maintains positive, effective working relationships with departmental staff, other city departments, the public, regulatory agencies, advisory boards and citizen groups.
  4. Solves broadly defined highly complex problems with multiple dimensions and conflicting objectives in a highly visible public setting.
  5. Understands the need for and has ability to promote and support economic development that builds on community strengths and respects community character.


  • Recommends programs and techniques to improve the effectiveness of the city and its services.
  • Prepares annual departmental goals and prepares, manages and monitors department budget.
  • Provides information for the public, the media, and other agencies.
  • Represents the Community Development Department to other city departments and elected oficials.
  • Develops and implements programs and projects to support and catalyze economic development in accordance with City Council goals and objectives.
  • Provides advice and assistance to the city and the public on availability and applicability of local, state and federal financial assistance programs and prepares grant applications.
  • Provides staff support and/or represents the City to the Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, Design Review Committee, Astoria Development Commission, Clatsop Economic Development Resources, Chamber of Commerce and other inter-governmental organizations.
  • Prepares staff reports and provides technical support to the Planning Commission regarding zoning and land use request/issues.
  • Develops and makes recommendations regarding the City Comprehensive Plan Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance.
  • Maintains and updates land use maps.
  • Administers and/or participates in the enforcement of all laws and ordinances governing zoning and land use.
  • Effectively communicates both orally and in writing with individuals and groups regarding complex or sensitive issues.
  • Analyzes and evaluates city and departmental operations and develops and implements plans to increase or improve efficiency.
  • Participates in community involvement and public review processes and practices.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers and the public and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from City Manager.



Directly supervises support staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in planning, resource management, public administration or a related field; and five to seven years of generalist municipal work experience at a supervisory level or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master's Degree is preferred.

Experience in both current and long range planning, real estate development, economic development, urban renewal programs, historic preservation, and tax-increment financing. Experience working in rural communities and economies is strongly preferred.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Strong understanding of land use planning and regulation, particularly in the state of Oregon.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Basic budgeting skills to monitor and maintain department budget.



Job requires specialized computer skills.  Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, geographic information systems, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software. 



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



This position does not require any certificates, licenses, or registrations.



The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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